The Center gives various awards for researchers who have made meaningful contributions to Vermont research. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Center recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the state of Vermont with our annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. Recipients are researchers, government leaders, community leaders, teachers, artists, historians who have had enduring, significant, and positive influences on the state, including our culture, civic life, research and educational institutions, and the daily lives of Vermonters.

View past CRVT Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Center for Research on Vermont Lifetime Achievement Award Winners (2002-2018)
Year Recipient
2018 Giovanna Peebles, the Vermont State Archaeologist for 38 years. 
2017 Kristin Peterson-Ishaq, Center Coordinator for more than 30 years. Nominated by Gregory Sanford (read comments(Word Document))
2016 H. Nicholas Muller, III, Ph.D.  Nominated by Kevin Graffagnino
2015 Connell B. Gallagher, the long-time director of the Special Collections Department at UVM. Nominated by Jeff Marshall, Chris Burns, Prudence Doherty, Brooks Buxton, Wiz Dow, Gregory Sanford and many others.
2014 Michael Sherman, Former Director, Vermont Historical Society. Presented by Greg Sanford.
2013 Frank M. Bryan, John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science at UVM (retired 2013). Presented by Jim Douglas.
2012 Fred E. Schmidt, Founding Director, UVM's Center for Rural Studies. Presented by Paul Costello. 
Spirit of Vermont award
John Bramley, Interim UVM President. Presented by Robert Tyzbir. 
2011 Jane C. Beck, Founding Director, Vermont Folklife Center. Presented by Greg Sharrows and Andy Kolovos.
2010 D. Gregory Sanford, Vermont State Archivist. Presented by Connell B. Gallagher.
2009 Hubert "Hub" Vogelmann, UVM Professor Emeritus of Botany. Presented by Walter Poleman.
2008 John Duffy, JSC Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities. Presented by Samuel B. Hand.
2007 Esther Munroe Swift, librarian-archivist-researcher. Presented by Kevin Graffagnino.
2006 Weston Cate, Jr., Vermont Historical Society Director, retired. Presented by Michael Sherman.
2006 William A. Haviland, UVM Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. Presented by Giovanna Peebles.
2005 Lilian Baker Carlisle, Historian. Presented by Samuel B. Hand.
2004 Betty Bandel, UVM Professor Emeritus of English. Presented by Sarah L. Dopp.
2003 Samuel B. Hand, UVM Professor Emeritus of English.
2002 Mariafranca Morselli, UVM Professor Emerita of Botany.


Community Research Fellow

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It is the Center for Research on Vermont's mission to encourage and promote Vermont research and connect researchers and students with applied researchers. To meet this mission, the Center is supporting Vermont Community Research Fellows. Community Research Fellows receive Center support, preference for student research assistance, and access to University resources in return for collaborating and connecting with students, faculty and staff.

Deadline: Passed - check back in Spring 2019!

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Frank M. Bryan Research Award

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The Frank M. Bryan Vermont Scholar Summer Research Award provides $5,000 in summer salary to faculty and independent scholars conducting Vermont research. The award is named in honor of Professor Frank Bryan (who retired in 2013) -- an internationally recognized scholar who devoted much of his career to studying democracy with Vermont as the laboratory. A founding member of the Center for Research on Vermont, Dr. Bryan is a trustee of the Vermont Historical Society and the recipient of the Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2013).

DEADLINE: Passed - check back in Spring 2019!

View past Frank M. Bryan Award Recipients

Frank M. Bryan Vermont Research Award Winners (2014-present)
Winner Year Research Title
Kathy Fox, Professor of Sociology 2016 "Offender Reintegration Analysis; Circles of Accountability"
Meghan Cope, Geography 2015 "Mapping American Childhoods: Early 20th Century Vermont"
Teresa Mares, Anthropology 2014 "La Otra Frontera (The Other Border): Exploring Latino/a Migrant Foodways"


Student Paper Research Awards ($100)

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The Nuquist Award is a statewide competition to encourage excellence in undergraduate research on Vermont topics. Named in memory of UVM Political Science Professor Andrew E. Nuquist and cosponsored by Vermont Life Magazine, this award is offered annually for a project exemplifying outstanding undergraduate treatment of a Vermont theme. In 1997, the Center inaugurated an award in memory of George B. Bryan (1939–1996), Professor of Theatre and former Director of the Center for Research on Vermont, for excellence in student research on Vermont as exemplified in a one-semester course project. Selected winners receive $100.

DEADLINE for 2018-2019 papers: TBD - May 2019

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View past Bryan Award recipients

Bryan Award Recipients for Excellence in a Vermont Research Project (1997-2014)
Student Year Advisor Institution Title
Lachlan Francis 2018   University of Vermont "Political Polarization along the Rural-Urban Divide"
Anthony DiMario 2017 Dale Jaffe (Sociology) University of Vermont "Indie Capitalism and Craft Beer Drinkers in Vermont"
Newton Rose 2015 Rae Nishi (Neurology) and Helga Schreckenberger (German)   "Remembering Elia Corti: The Durability of Granite and the Fluidity of Memory.
Emily Bensen 2014 Michael Sheridan (Sociology) Middlebury College "The Dynamics of Social Capital: A Study of Town Clerks as Key Participants in Exchange Relationships in Addison County Communities"
Harriet Napier 2013 Svea Closser (Sociology) Middlebury College "The Subculture of the Suppressed: Living in Middlebury's Motels"
No recipient 2012 -- -- --
No recipient 2011 -- -- --
Kevin Madore 2010 Kathryn Morse (History) Middlebury College "The Labor Fever of the Rutland Knights: How the Working Class Gained Power in the Marble Utopia of Vermont"
Gregory McDermott 2009 James Ralph (History) Middlebury College "'Leave It or Sink With It': The Rise and Fall of the Vermont Know-Nothing Party"
Benjamin Robins 2008 Amy Morsman (History) Middlebury College "Privileged Scholars or Patriotic Soldiers? Middlebury College Students and the Civil War, A Comparison of the Town and College"
Emily Wheeler 2007 Burke Rochford Middlebury College "Small Town vs. Big Wind: Exploring the Complexity of the Wind Power Debate in Rural Vermont"
Cara Gooch 2006 Andrew Wentink (Special Collections) Middlebury College "A Holy Battle: The Antislavery Movement in Vermont, 1819–1840"
Erinn Grimes 2005 Travis B. Jacobs (History) Middlebury College "Academic Duality: The Middlebury Russian School from 1945 to 1955"
Lindsey Whitton 2004 James Ralph (History) Middlebury College "Nature Versus Nurture: The Vermont Children's Aid Society's Struggle with Eugenics Theory, 1919–1925"
Susan Reagan - co-recipient 2003 Amy Morsman (History) Middlebury College "From Farm to Nearby Factory: Female Millworkers in Middlebury, Vermont in the 1840s"
Alden Woodrow - co-recipient 2003 Jonathan Isham (Economics & Environmental Studies) Middlebury College "The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act and Vermont: Values, Applications, and Impacts"
Michael Snow 2002 Peter B. Nelson (Geography) Middlebury College "This Compost: A Cooperative, Whole-Systems Approach to Dairy"
Alisa Leib 2001 Jeanne Shea (Anthropology) University of Vermont "Domestic Violence and Cultural Sensitivity in Burlington, Vermont"
Flavio Bollag 2000 Kathryn Morse (History) Middlebury College "Boots, Backpacks, and the Beauty of Vermont: The Development of a Hiking Culture along the Long Trail, 1910-1930"
Anthony Carbrello, Daniel Giuliani, Beth Kruger, Jesse LeClair, Stephanie Lewis, Sherry Mahady, Kelly Martelle, Mary-Catherine Munck, and Maryann Sullivan 1999 Amy Werbel (Fine Arts) St. Michael's College "Historic Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester/Essex, Vermont"
Note: This project may be accessed here
John Thomas 1998 Dona Brown (History) University of Vermont "The Engine of Enlightenment: Samuel Hitchcock and the Creation of the University of Vermont Seal"
Regina-Anne Cooper 1997 Michael Sherman (Liberal Studies) Vermont College of Norwich University "Three Vermont Diaries"

View past Nuquist Award recipients

Nuquist Award Recipients for Outstanding Student Research on a Vermont Topic (1982-2014)
Student Year Advisor(s) Institution


Lauren Rayson 2018   University of Vermont "Understanding and Mitigating the Effects of the Childcare Cliff: A Case Study of Vermont"
Jack Braunstein 2017 Ingrid Nelson (Geography) University of Vermont  
Shannon K. Esrich (Anthropology) 2015 Teresa Mares (Anthropology) University of Vermont "Gone to Market: Perceptions, Motivations, and Values of Farmers Market Participants in Burlington, Vermont"
Neil Brandt 2014 Stephanie Kaza (Environmental Studies) University of Vermont "Changing Actors and Discourse: An Analysis of Ten Years of Media Coverage In Vermont's Wind Power Debate"
Victoria Kulwicki 2013 Dr. Thomas R. Hudspeth (Environmental Studies), Dr. Ernesto Mendez (Agroecology) University of Vermont "Reaping a Profit: An Analysis of Marketing Techniques Used by Local, Organic Farmers in Vermont"
Kristin Haas 2012 Peggy Nelson (Sociology) Middlebury College "Neighborly Relations: the Production of Positive and Negative Social Capital in a Low-Income Housing Community"
Rachel Zakrasek 2011 Michael Sheriden (Sociology and Anthropology) Middlebury College "Vulnerability and Adaptation in Vermont: Agriculture, Society, Ecology, and Climate Change"
Andrew Turgeon 2010 Cheryl Morse (Geography) University of Vermont "Young People’s Place in Community: Cross-Examining Teenagers’ Identities, Space and Social Differences in Southern Vermont"
Elizabeth Kelley 2009 Jonathan Isham, Jr. (Economics and Environmental Studies) Middlebury College "The Implications of the Greening of Social Capital: Evidence from Bristol, Vermont"
Benjamin "Jamie" Robins Special Mention 2009 Amy Morsman (History) Middlebury College "Three Schools, Three Outcomes: The Students' Army Training Corps at Middlebury, Dartmouth, and the University of Vermont"
Lisa Gerstenberger 2008 Michael Sheridan (Sociology/Anthropology) Middlebury College "Changing Attitudes Towards Farmland Conservation Easements in Addison County, Vermont"
Kyle BrooksSpecial Mention 2008 Gary Lord (History) Norwich University "Training Citizen-Soldiers: Norwich University's Contributions to the Vermont Militia System, 1819–1865"
Alison Brady 2007 Travis Jacobs (History) Middlebury College "White Gold in the Green Mountains: The Evolution of Vermont's Dairy Industry"
Asher Burns-Burg 2006 Jonathan Isham, Jr. (Economics and Environmental Studies) Middlebury College "Empowering Environmentalism: A Socioeconomic Analysis of Energy Consumption; Awareness, Attitudes and Actions in Vermont"
Lauren Throop 2005 Richard Wolfson (Physics) Middlebury College "A Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Wind Energy Potential at Middlebury College's Worth Mountain"
James LaMonda 2004 Gary Lord (History), Jack Anderson (Adjunct Faculty) Norwich University "Closing the Backdoor to Washington: Vermont Civil War Soldiers in the Shenandoah Valley, 1864"
Robin Lane 2003 Michael Sherman Vermont College of Union Institute & University "Understanding Act 60: An Objective Look at the Content, Context, and Implications of Vermont's Current Education Finance Legislation"
Elaine Vidal 2002 Elizabeth (Ibit) Getchell (Environmental Program) University of Vermont "Urban Sanctuary: The Value of Natural Areas"
Jessica Wasilewski 2002 Jonathan Isham (Economics), Jessica Holmes (Economics) Middlebury College "Low-Income Credit Rationing and Social Return on Investment: Welfare-to-Work Car Loans in the State of Vermont"
No recipient 2001      
No recipient 2000      
Irina Marinov 1999 Thomas Manley (Geology), Robert Prigo (Physics) Middlebury College "Wind-generated Oscillations in Lake Champlain"
Rachel Boisvert and Rachel Pierce 1998 Daniel Bean (Emeritus, Biology) St. Michael's College "Revisit to a Polluted Stream: LaPlatte River Water Quality, 1962 and 1996, as Determined by Benthos Communities"
James D. Brown IV 1997 Carl Reidel (Environmental Program), Jeffrey Hannigan (Art) University of Vermont "Ecological Site Planning and Design for a Vermont Community Growth Center: A Case Study of Taft Corners, Williston, Vermont"
Duncan Eccleston - co-recipient 1996 Tyler Priest (History) Middlebury College "Otter Creek: The Changing Vision of a Middlebury Resource"
Joseph Morel - co-recipient 1996 Jere Daniell (History) Dartmouth College "Governing a Republic: Vermont State Government, 1777–1791"
Scott Thompson 1995 Thomas Manley (Geology) Middlebury College "Documenting the Effects of the Internal Seiche in Lake Champlain on a Shallow Bay: Thompson's Point Bay, Lake Champlain, Vermont"
Jeffrey L. Chapman 1994 Theodore Sasson (Sociology-Anthropology) Middlebury College "State Lotteries: Harmless Fun or Social Plague? A Study of People's Impressions of the Vermont Lottery"
Margaret C. Kline 1993 James Ralph (History) Middlebury College "Modernity and Morality: Middlebury in the 1920s"
Amy Hillier 1992 Nancy Beadie (History) Middlebury College "Who Should Attend to Everybody's Business?: Democracy in Middlebury's Schools"
Steven Sgorbati 1991 Holman Jordan, Jr. (History) Castleton State College "Hyde Manor: The Early Years"
Peter R. Wilshusen 1990 Carl Reidel (Environmental Program) University of Vermont "A Foundation for Cooperation—The Biosphere Reserve Concept as a Model for Environmental Cooperation in the Lake Champlain/Adirondack Region"
Michael Grimm 1989 Jean R. Flack & Richard R. Paradis (Environmental Program) University of Vermont "The Geo-ecological Significance of Pease Mountain, Charlotte, Vermont"
George Cabot Lee II 1988 Susan Gray (History) Middlebury College "The Billings, Mason, and Woodward Houses of Woodstock: Rural Taste and Pattern Book Democracy in Nineteenth Century Vermont"
Karen Stites 1987 J. Kevin Graffagnino (Special Collections) University of Vermont "Isaac Clark of Castleton: A Controversial Figure in Early Vermont History"
Penny E. Hamlet 1986 Kenneth Lipartito (History) Middlebury College "`Pre-Progressivism': Farm Activism in Vermont from 1870 to 1900"
Kevin O'Connor 1985 Ernest Muller (History) Bates College "Bloodroots: The Impact of Transportation on the Town of Brattleboro, Vermont"
Christine M. Peleszak 1984 Jean Flack (Environmental Program) University of Vermont "The Abandonment of Leicester Hollow"
Becky J. Dorsey 1983 Rolfe Stanley (Geology) University of Vermont "Geological Synthesis of the Milton Quadrangle, North-western Vermont: A New Interpretation"
Harold Burroughs 1982 Blanche Linden (History) Middlebury College "Vermont and the Sectionalist Movement in New England, 1800-1815: The State's Isolation from Regional Unity"

Please contact UVM Special Collections and University Archives to view papers submitted for the Nuquist and Bryan Awards.